Tag: Health care

Covid: “The Narrative Is Crumbling”

Our Covid brain trust had a wee discussion of how the dogs are no longer (much) eating the dog food of vaccines as the magic bullet for all problems Covid. Even if the press is hammering away at the story line, we’re seeing more and more defections…including from those inside the media tent. Bear in […]

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Patient, Beware: Some States Still Pushing Ineffective Covid Antibody Treatments

Yves here. Yours truly has long been saying “no” to doctors pushing tests and treatments that look to be beside the point…but how many are wired that way? Particularly when sick with Covid and having heard monoclonal antibodies can help? And that’s before getting to the fact that Americans have been indoctrinated to think that […]

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Seeing into the future: Personalized cancer screening with artificial intelligence

While mammograms are currently the gold standard in breast cancer screening, swirls of controversy exist regarding when and how often they should be administered. On the one hand, advocates argue for the ability to save lives: Women aged 60-69 who receive mammograms, for example, have a 33 percent lower risk of dying compared to those […]

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CORBEVAX, a New Patent-Free COVID-19 Vaccine, Could Be a Pandemic Game Changer Globally

Yves here. While the manufacturing advantages of Corbevax look obvious and are well explained in this article, I’m less clear on what the vaccine mechanics mean for patients. For example, the European medical regulator has warned against frequent boosting as having the potential to overtax the immune system. From Bloomberg: European Union regulators warned that […]

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When should someone trust an AI assistant’s predictions?

In a busy hospital, a radiologist is using an artificial intelligence system to help her diagnose medical conditions based on patients’ X-ray images. Using the AI system can help her make faster diagnoses, but how does she know when to trust the AI’s predictions? She doesn’t. Instead, she may rely on her expertise, a confidence […]

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Enlisting Health Insurance Giants to Help With Rapid Covid Tests Was a Dumb Idea

That’s not hyperbole, it is by design: The role of private insurers within a for-profit multipayer system is to restrict access as a gatekeeper, determining who is entitled to use which health care services and how much they pay for this. To keep these obligations profitable, they employ an army of claims assessors to argue […]

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At CES 2022 Smaller Voices Made Bigger Noise

Photo Credit: Kaare Christian I’m writing in Las Vegas, home to CES, the world’s largest technology and consumer electronics show. Inconveniently, even in a normal year, it always takes place during the first week of January. I’m something of an expert as CTA (parent of CES) acquired my company in 2019 and I still serve […]

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The promise and pitfalls of artificial intelligence explored at TEDxMIT event

Scientists, students, and community members came together last month to discuss the promise and pitfalls of artificial intelligence at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) for the fourth TEDxMIT event held at MIT.  Attendees were entertained and challenged as they explored “the good and bad of computing,” explained CSAIL Director Professor Daniela Rus, […]

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